editing is where the editor reviews and considers the big picture of the manuscript.

This type of editing is also known as developmental or comprehensive editing.

Once you have completed writing and self-editing your manuscript, the substantive edit includes some of the following elements:

  • Content
  • Design
  • Document concept
  • Grammar
  • Intended use
  • Organization
  • Presentation
  • Structure
  • Style
  • Syntax

Substantive editing is entirely analysis-based down to the sentence level.

The art of a substantive edit requires three basic elements: judgment, discernment, and application of the rules.

Part of the process involves restructuring or rewriting part or all of a document. All necessary information is included while all else is deleted.

The art is born with the merging of these three elements as we navigate the process together, creating a beautiful product with great readability for your readers.


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